How do average people afford daycare?
January 13, 2010 9:39 AM Subscribe
How do two 'middle class' average working parents afford daycare for their infant?
posted by NotSoSimple to Work & Money (46 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are at wits end about daycare for our little one. I work full time as a Systems Administrator ($40k) and she as a Success Coach ($35k). We work for the same company, and my wife was only given 6 weeks off due to her not being with the company for a whole year. We are living off of my salary and 60% of her pay for disability. She has approval to work from home 2-3 days a week, but due to her job she will need help with the little one at home. Historically my management does not like me working from home unless it is an emergency. I am the only IT guy for 200 users and 3 offices. Getting a raise is out of the question, but I am still about to propose working from home when I can.
How do people do this? We have searched high and low and we cannot find someone for less than $1000/Month. I did the math and having my wife stay home will not work unfortunately. This is incredibly stressful and we are just stuck. Family is 4 hours away, and the only friends with kids we have would add another 4+ hours to our commute due to traffic.